For a group of select men, it's almost that time of the year when they don't even get the "luxury of growing a goatee."
So says Brad Barton, who, along with the rest of Team Nuclear, will start things clean shaven Nov. 1 and grow out his mustache — and only a mustache — throughout the month.
The local team's facial-hair efforts are part of Movember, a combination of "mo" for mustache and November. The international initiative aims to raise funds and awareness for men's health issues such as prostate and testicular cancer.
The theory is that the mustaches — peculiar as they may be — make a good lead-in for conversations that turn to men's health, said "Coach" John Cornuke, Team Nuclear's leader and an Estancia High School alumnus.
"You disarm them with the reply if you're doing this for prostate cancer awareness," he said. "Next thing you know, you engage a 15-minute conversation."